Saturday, January 17, 2015


We took a little time today to support the Packers by making Cheeseheads. We of course made one for Mr Sufka too!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr

As part of our Social Studies curriculum we study famous Americans, which includes Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to watching the BrainPopJr video above, we will also be reading several books about his life as well. 
BrainPopJr is a subscription site and as such you will not be able to view the above video without logging in. If you are interested in viewing, feel free to contact me and I will send you the username and password as I cannot post it online. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Determining Importance when reading

We've been learing about the reading strategy- Determining Importance. This strategy is used when good readers need to decide between what is simply interesting in a text and what's important in order to understand what they are reading.We did an experiment today in which we had a bowl of water with noodles in it which represented our books and stories and a colander which represented our brains. We used the colander (our brain) to strain out the noodles (the important information, the main ideas, and key topics) and left the water (the interesting stuff with little detail) behind. To help solidify the concept, your child took a picture of our experiment, labeled the pieces and sent you a copy. Please have them tell you a bit about this to help the idea stick even more. They should be able to tell you that our brains need to pick out the important information and leave the other stuff behind.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Comparing Numbers- Tens and Ones

In math this week we have been working a lot on comparing 2 digit numbers less than 100. We've been building the numbers using base 10 blocks, both hands-on blocks as well as virtual blocks on our iPads. We've been noticing and discussing how the 10s place is what helps us to know if the number is larger (as long as the 10s place numbers are not the same- we talked about what to do with that debacle as well). As a quick assessment this week, I gave each child 2 different numbers to build using the app, Number Pieces Basic. This is a great app for students to build, compare, add and subtract numbers with and best yet, it's free! So if you're interested for home, click the link above.
After creating their numbers, each student took a screenshot of their page and then imported that picture into the app, Doodlecast Pro which is an app that allows us to write on our pictures as well as record our thoughts (this is not a free app, but there is a similar one called Screen Chomp that is free). Students then had to tell what their numbers were, which was larger and explain the thinking that they used to know which number was larger. When we were done, we emailed our videos off to you, so if you haven't received an email from your child, please check your spam folder or contact me and we will resend it.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Double digit numbers

Our new math program has little lessons called, Investigations built into the curriculum. Today we did an investigation having to do with double digit numbers. We spent a few minutes discussing what double digit numbers are and giving some examples. We then brainstormed some places that we thought we might find these kinds of numbers. After our discussion, students paired up and spent 10-15 minutes walking around our classroom and school looking for double digit numbers and taking pictures of them with their iPads.
It was amazing to see some of the places that students found double digit numbers, everything from clocks and calendars to classroom door numbers and  even entrance numbers to our building.

After we got back to the room students were asked to import the pictures they took into the app, PicCollage to show their learning. The only stipulations were: 1) you have to work collaboratively and creatively with your partner 2) You must have your names on your collage
3) You need a title for your PicCollage

We've used PicCollage several other times and students are getting quite adept at maneuvering their way around the app. I did introduce them to a new feature today- cropping their photos, which came in very useful for some of the pics they had taken. They really enjoyed trying this out and it definitely made their learning come more to the forefront of their creations. 

Last time we used PicCollage kiddos figured out how to import photos from the web as their backgrounds. We had Minecraft and Halo backgrounds which really distracted from the learning we were trying to showcase which lead to a fantastic discussion of what would be a better choice. Today,  I again reminded them of that conversation and asked that they find backgrounds that complimented their collage versus taking away from their learning.  I was quite impressed to say the least with the choices they made for their backgrounds and their ability to work together so collaboratively from start to finish!!! 

4th grade buddies

We enjoyed some time today with our 4th grade buddies in Mr. Rades' class. We spent our time playing Christmas math games to practice our doubles and doubles +1  facts.  There were lots of smiles as the 1st graders taught the 4th graders how to play. 
A couple of the students on this post are former "Dog Room" students..... Hey guys! Welcome back to The Dog Blog!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Would you rather be...

We had a lot of fun and great discussion on if we'd rather be one of Santa's reindeer or one of his elves. 
Check out our elves and some of the great opinion writing that we did. 

Which would you rather be? We'd love to hear back from you!!